19 October, 2007

Opening Weekend

Blame It on Fidel! (La Faute à Fidel!)


Historical drama. A 9-year-old girl weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris.

With Nina Kervel-Bey, Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi, Benjamin Feuillet

Writer: Julie Gavras (from the book by Domitilla Calamai)
Director: Julie Gavras

Julie Gavras interview 1
Julie Gavras interview 2
Julie Gavras interview 3
Julie Gavras interview 4 (en Français)

Official site

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Daddy Day Camp


Family comedy. Having succeeded at running their home-based day care centre, Charlie Hinton and partner Phil Ryerson start up a dilapidated day camp -- largely because Charlie wants revenge on Lance Warner who's now the head of rival Camp Canola.

With Cuba Gooding Jr., Lochlyn Munro, Richard Gant, Tamala Jones, Paul Rae

Writers: Geoff Rodkey and J. David Stem & David N. Weiss
Director: Fred Savage

Official site


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The Last Legion



Historical action-adventure. As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

With Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd, John Hannah, Iain Glen, Thomas Sangster

Writers: Jez Butterworth & Tom Butterworth
Director: Doug Lefler

Official site

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Nancy Drew


Family thriller. Teen detective Nancy Drew accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star.

With Emma Roberts, Josh Flitter, Max Thieriot, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tate Donovan, Barry Bostwick, Amy Bruckner

Writers: Andrew Fleming and Tiffany Paulsen
Director: Andrew Fleming

Official site

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Once


Musical romantic-drama. A man busking hoping for a music-biz break is approached by a Czech immigrant who is a fellow musician and finds in her both an artistic collaborator and a frustrating love object.

With Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

Writer: John Carney
Director: John Carney

John Carney interview 1
John Carney interview 2 (video)
John Carney interview 3
John Carney interview 4
John Carney interview 5
John Carney interview 6a (video part 1)
John Carney interview 6b (video part 2)

Official site

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Princess


Animated action-drama. When a man's porno star sister dies he gives up the priesthood, takes care of his niece and seeks revenge for her death.

With Thure Lindhardt, Stine Fischer Christensen .

Writers: Mette Heeno and Anders Morgenthaler
Director: Anders Morgenthaler

Anders Morgenthaler interview 1 (video)
Anders Morgenthaler interview 2

Production interview

Official site

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Razzle Dazzle



Comedy. "Mr Jonathon's Dance Academy" who, with their unique dance routines, compete for Grand Final success at Australia's most prestigious competition.

With Kerry Armstrong, Ben Miller, Nadine Garner, Denise Roberts

Writers: Robin Ince and Carolyn Wilson
Director: Darren Ashton

Official site


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Rendition


Thriller. A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.

With Omar Metwally. Reese Witherspoon, Aramis Knight, Rosie Malek-Yonan, Jake Gyllenhaal

Writer: Kelley Sane
Director: Gavin Hood

Official site

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The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising



Fantasy adventure. A boy's life is turned upside down when he learns that he is the last of a group of immortal warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark.

With Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, James Cosmo

Writer: John Hodge (from the book by Susan Cooper)
Director: David L. Cunningham

John Hodge interview 1
John Hodge interview 2

The Dark is Rising, so avoid it if you can

Official site

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Stardust



Fantasy adventure. In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

With Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Everett, Peter O'Toole, Mark Strong, Kate Magowan

Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn (from the book by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess)
Director: Matthew Vaughn

Jane Goldman interview 1
Jane Goldman interview 2
Matthew Vaughn interview
Neil Gaiman and Jane Goldman interview (video)
Neil Gaiman and Matthew Vaughn interview

Official site

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The Witnesses (Les Témoins)


Drama. Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS pandemic.

With Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila, Julie Depardieu

Writers: Laurent Guyot and André Téchiné
Director: André Téchiné

André Téchiné interview (en Français)

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